gi·​gan·​tic | \ jī-ˈgan-tik How to pronounce gigantic (audio) , jə-\

Definition of gigantic

: exceeding the usual or expected (as in size, force, or prominence)

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gigantically \ jī-​ˈgan-​ti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce gigantically (audio) , jə-​ \ adverb

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enormous, immense, huge, vast, gigantic, colossal, mammoth mean exceedingly large. enormous and immense both suggest an exceeding of all ordinary bounds in size or amount or degree, but enormous often adds an implication of abnormality or monstrousness. an enormous expense an immense shopping mall huge commonly suggests an immensity of bulk or amount. incurred a huge debt vast usually suggests immensity of extent. the vast Russian steppes gigantic stresses the contrast with the size of others of the same kind. a gigantic sports stadium colossal applies especially to a human creation of stupendous or incredible dimensions. a colossal statue of Lincoln mammoth suggests both hugeness and ponderousness of bulk. a mammoth boulder

Examples of gigantic in a Sentence

a raccoon got into the trash and now there's a gigantic mess in our backyard
Recent Examples on the Web The Great Eruption, a gigantic explosion, happened in the system in 1838. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "Hubble spies slow-motion fireworks in space," 1 July 2019 The red carpet at Cannes may be overflowing with celebrities in gigantic or overly revealing dresses, but Fanning’s retro elegance managed to outshine them all. Vogue, "Elle Fanning Delivers a Lesson in French Fashion History at Cannes," 21 May 2019 In another, the Sombrero Galaxy, whose center probably contains a gigantic black hole. Erin E. Williams, Washington Post, "In the Central Oregon desert, an observatory with out-of-this-world views," 13 Sep. 2019 This event came from a star so gigantic — at least 100 times the mass of our own sun — that its death was unlike almost anything scientists had ever seen. Quanta Magazine, "Long-Lived Stellar Blast Kindles Hope of a Supernova We’ve Never Seen Before," 12 Sep. 2019 But the rest of the familiar ghoulish gang is here: Gomez and Morticia, Uncle Fester, Grandmama, offspring Wednesday and Pugsley, and of course, Lurch the gigantic butler. David L. Coddon, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: Gifted cast makes ‘The Addams Family’ a treat at Welk Resort Theatre," 7 Sep. 2019 For instance, this year’s Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics has been awarded to 347 members of the Event Horizon Telescope team for their work creating an image of the gigantic black hole parked in the center of the galaxy Messier 87. Nadia Drake, National Geographic, "2020 Breakthrough Prizes: Who won this year's 'Oscars of science'?," 5 Sep. 2019 The Bulls' drop to the seventh spot on draft night was extremely costly, as Morant and Garland were dream targets to fill their gigantic hole at point guard. Ben Golliver,, "2019 NBA mock draft: How will Pelicans build around Zion Williamson?," 18 June 2019 That was the problem that blew a gigantic hole in the 2014 announcement. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Inflation theories must dig deeper to avoid collision with data," 6 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of gigantic

1630, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for gigantic

Greek gigantikos, from gigant-, gigas giant

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23 Oct 2019

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The first known use of gigantic was in 1630

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How to pronounce gigantic (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of gigantic

: extremely large


gi·​gan·​tic | \ jī-ˈgan-tik How to pronounce gigantic (audio) \

Kids Definition of gigantic

: extremely large or great (as in size, weight, or strength) Gigantic waves crashed on the beach.

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